Deep Rivers

Docent Tenea Wilborn will lead the “Deep Rivers” tour at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion at 200 W. Tulpehocken St. in Germantown. The ZOOM tour introduces visitors to the lives, stories and achievements of 19th century Black entrepreneurs, intellectuals and artisans.

Posted Friday, October 2, 2020 10:04 am

by Len Lear

The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion at 200 W. Tulpehocken St. in Germantown just announced that their new interpretive docent-led tour, “Deep Rivers,” is now live via ZOOM. Their docents, Tenea Wilborn and John Brown take you virtually through the museum highlighting the lives, stories and achievements of great 19th century Black entrepreneurs, intellectuals and artisans with soundscapes and images. Learn about African Americans Francis Johnson, John Trower, Julian Abele, Eliza Grier, Abby Fisher, Ebenezer Bassett, Elizabeth Keckley and others.

Tenea Wilborn is a lifelong West Oak Lane resident and graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and Community College of Philadelphia in 2001 with an Associate's in Applied Science-Health Information Technology. She graciously agreed to answer questions about her own background and about “Deep Rivers”:

  • I have never seen the name Tenea before. Does it have a special meaning?

“When my mother was pregnant with me, she told her best friend that I would not be ordinary; therefore, she didn't want to give me an ordinary name. As far as I am aware, it doesn't have a special meaning, but it was special to my mom. Once I realized why she named me Tenea, it became special to me.”

  • What jobs have you had since you got out of school?

“I have worked in health care since I graduated. I currently work for a home care agency.”

  • How long have you been a docent for the Deep Rivers tour?

“The short answer is six months ... The pandemic brought it to a halt, but it started again virtually on Sept. 27.”